I have a few Easter centers that get used every year because I know my students will enjoy them. The basket of eggs from Dollar Tree, along with the egg grabber that I picked up somewhere along the way, keep my students busy counting throughout the week. If you don’t have a Dollar Tree nearby, this set from Amazon looks similar (aff. link).
We have way too many foam numbers in our craft closet, so I stapled them on small cups for sorting and counting up to 10. We keep getting alphabet and number foam tubs (aff. link), so I know I have plenty of numbers to create more games.
Another inexpensive and fun center involved more supplies that we usually have plenty of laying around. Just take a cardboard egg tray and fill it with halves of plastic eggs in various colors. I added buttons to match with a couple different types of grabbers. Later in the week I switched out the buttons for pom poms.
Generally sensory bin photos are the “before” variety that look really adorable. This is not one of those. This is the “after” variety, after a day of play. I filled this with plastic egg pieces that needed to be matched with capital and lowercase letters. There are also some small baskets, some more glittery eggs, and shredded paper grass.
I highly recommend paper grass (aff. link) over the plastic. One year I used plastic and the static in the room was ridiculous. Plastic grass was sticking to the wall and all over the kids playing in it. I wish I had a photo of it; it was hilarious.
In addition to Easter we were also starting to discuss healthy habits, so I pulled out the fruit and dairy letter tile cards for my students to build some words. I decided to use the lowercase cards this time for simple matching.
The best way to get my students busy in the writing center is to have a card writing center. I found these free card fronts and printed and cut them out. I also cut and folded some construction paper. Students glue the message on the front the card and then write at least the name of the person the card is for and their own name inside. I have family words and student names available for them. Many students also drew pictures in the cards.
Due to my jelly beans being too hard to poke toothpicks in, we ended up with this puzzle and some other activities in the science center during the few days we were at school. For this puzzle I did not cut it all the way up since twenty pieces might be a bit much for some of my students. I cut some pieces individually and left some with two pieces together. I had several students call me over to show me that they had completed this puzzle. You can find this puzzle Christian Preschool Printables.